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The INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative, launched in 2010, undertakes cutting-edge research and teaching tailored to the needs of boards. It is a new programme designed to foster a global dialogue on the challenges facing board members in an international context. Find out more


“Our responsibility at INSEAD is to review board governance practices across the world that promote performance with accountability. Over time we hope to build greater trust in the public that business is a strong force for improving our societies.”

Ludo Van der Heyden
Professor of Technology and Operations Management
Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance
Director of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative



Forthcoming: INSEAD Directors Forum

Singapore, 27 February 2017



This event on the theme "Transforming Boards and Businesses" is a one day forum led by Professor Ludo Van der Heyden, with INSEAD Faculty Serguei Netissine.


The Forum is aimed at experienced directors, either past participants of the International Directors Programme, INSEAD Alumni board members or Members of the Singapore Institute of Directors.


IDFs are also an opportunity to celebrate the new holders of the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance (IDP-Cs).


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INSEAD Global Business Leaders Conference

Abu Dhabi, 24 October 2016



INSEAD’s sixth edition of the Global Business Leaders Conference, held at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi on Monday 24 October 2016, brought together leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss the growing significance of corporate governance.


Chaired by Professor Ludo Van der Heyden, Academic Director, INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative, and the INSEAD Chaired Professor of Corporate Governance, the conference discussed the major changes affecting corporate governance in the global economy and then examined the regional context in the Gulf.


Business, government leaders urge closer attention to corporate governance

AMEinfo, UAE - 27 October 2016


'Tribal' attitudes affect business says Kanoo Group chief

7Days, UAE - 26 October 2016


Restructuring, transparency and disclosure highlighted the challenges of governance in family businesses

Dot Emirates, UAE - 26 October 2016 (in Arabic)


14% of Family Companies to continue to Third Generation

Al Bayan, UAE - 25 October 2016 (in Arabic)




INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance: Celebrating the graduation of 83 new INSEAD IDP-Cs.


October 14th 2016 marked another significant milestone for 83 participants, representing 27 nationalities, from the International Directors Programme who have successfully completed the requirements for the award of the Certificate in Corporate Governance.


Held at the INSEAD Fontainebleau campus, the Certification Ceremony and INSEAD Directors Forum were organised around the theme entitled “Board in Transformation: Culture, Integrity, Stakeholders and how to Communicate Effectively” over the weekend of 13th and 14th October.


New IDP-Cs will be eligible to join the exclusive IDP Corporate Governance Alumni Network composed of 364 International Directors IDP-Cs (50 nationalities).  The network was driven by IDP-C alumni who wished to come together to promote good governance across the globe.  The Network has held events in major cities around the world more information can be found here.

INSEAD Strategy Forum 2016 – Active Ownership, Active Boards

Amsterdam, 28 June 2016


At the INSEAD Strategy Forum 2016 organised by the INSEAD Dutch Alumni Association, Professor Ludo van der Heyden shared his views on the changing role of non-executive directors. Bringing the audience through a walk in history, Professor van der Heyden showed that they have always been flaws in organising control and oversight in organisations. With an active and independent board, companies would be in better position to achieve sustainability in performance.  He also addressed the issue of High Performing dualities and how non-executives need to be equipped with five energy batteries – inspirational skills, rational/logical skills, physical skills, emotional/relational skills and time skills. While there are different challenges and gaps on all the five levels between what is now and what should be, taking away these gaps and focusing on learning would increase board effectiveness.


Read the full article on our Alumni Magazine